Theory of Religion
Zone Books, 1989 - 126 páginas
Theory of Religion brings to philosophy what Georges Bataille's earlier book The Accursed Share brought to anthropology and history, namely, an analysis based on notions of excess and expenditure. No other work of Bataille's, and perhaps no other work anywhere since Weber's Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, has managed to draw so incisively the links between man's religious and economic activities.
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CHAPTER II Dualism and Morality The Positing of Dualism and the Shifting of the
Borders of the Sacred and the Profane In a world dominated by the military order
, moving toward universal empire from the start , consciousness is distinctly ...
contagion that which it comes close to , that the beneficent spirits are mediators
between the profane world and the unleashing of divine forces – and seem less
sacred in comparison with the dark deities . This early shift sets the stage for a ...
In the manipulation of objects and , generally , in relations with objects , or with
subjects regarded as objects , there appear , in forms that are implicit but linked
to the profane world , the principles of reason and morality . The sacred is itself ...